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Book Review Tuesday: Zakka Style

This week, I chose an oldie but a goodie. This book and the sew along,  came out and were finished, before I was quilting and sewing (late 2012). A friend, needed pot holders for Christmas (which I just finished today…shhh). I think my new motto will have to start being “Better late than never” :-). Anyway, perfect opportunity to review the book….



Title: “Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy”
Author: Compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Publisher: C&T Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60705-416-0

This was a hard book to review, not due to content; I kept comparing it to Patchwork, Please which is my favorite project book. Putting that aside….

Zakka Style is influence by the Japanese Zakka Design movement. As Rashida explains in the book Zakka loosely translates as “miscellaneous goods” or “sundries”. Her introduction to the style and how she came up with the idea of the book, was down to earth and a great way to start the book.

The projects overall are a good collection of work. I could see how these projects would make a great sew along or be great for a guild/bee community for swaps.

Each project has been written by a different person. I loved the introductions and write ups of each person, as it made you feel that you knew them a little.  I found each project to have very good, clear instructions for materials, cutting and instructions. The photos for each project were of a high quality.

UPDATE: Errata’s for this book can be found here http://www.ctpub.com/client/client_pages/errata/10824.cfm

I have to say the natural linen aesthetic, which many of the projects included, is a favorite look of mine, so many of the projects appealed. I may not make them all, but I bookmarked 11/24 projects I would like to make; and an additional 2 that I liked the idea but I would change it up. The projects that appealed to me were:

  • Zig Zag Tote – I can use this as a tote swap item in my guild or a bee/swap party.
  • Zakka Pincushion – Again great for a swap or a gift in any quilt alongs/swaps you are doing
  • Sewing Kit – I just need one of these, especially for travelling
  • Patchwork Pencil Case – would make a great party favor for a kid’s birthday
  • Rain Cloud Mug Rug – Christmas presents for colleagues at work.
  • Zakka Block Quilt – A great baby shower gift or a great idea for someone who is just starting out quilting
  • Stem Messenger Bag – I love the look of this project and think its great. I wish I had one when I was a university (eons ago).
  • Zip Organizer – I think this would be one of my favorite projects, that I would use at work all the time for meetings etc. Great use of all my Echino fabrics I have.
  • Pot holders – Great gift idea for family or friends.
  • Little Pocket Pillow Case – this is so appropriate as my son just lost his first tooth….I wish I had made him one of these already.
  • Pleated Coin Purse – Love this it is similar to the one I made for a friend’s birthday last year. I probably used this as an idea. I would make myself one of these though.

The two projects, I like the idea of:

  • Sweet Sugar Cookie Sacks – I think I will be making the bags of this project, up next Christmas, as little chocolate/cookie bags. I love the idea and think I can repurpose the pattern to make it me.
  • Nesting Boxes – I like the idea of these. I would probably use the dimensions but completely change-up the design of these. Maybe use them to as scrap bins or kid storage bins.

If this book was to be re-published, the only thing I would change, is how the patterns at the back are delivered. I do not like to photo copy the patterns from the book, especially if they require enlarging (ie. 200%). It would be great if patterns, were provided either on cd or I could enter a code online and download the pdf’s.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the projects, and working out who I can gift things to :-). Don’t be surprise, if you are a secret partner of mine in future, that something from this book sneaks it way into the parcel.

The overall rating for this book is:
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As I mentioned above, I needed to make pot holders/trivets for a friend for Christmas. I had made these in the past. The requested colors were green, taupe and red, as before. I did want something a little different this time, so I went with the circular pot holders in Zakka Style.


I loved how they turned out. I have to say I was a little intimidated by the circular nature of these however the pattern was easy to follow and I got a little help using a circular rotary cutter tool. The finished product is 8 1/2 in diameter.

Note: The book asks for the batting and the backing at 11 1/2 inches, to take into account the quitting. This was very generous, you could use smaller sizes here and save on fabric.

Potholder_Front Just in case you are interested, the fabrics that I used as strips were:

  • Japanese Green Vegetable fabric purchased on etsy. You can see it better in the first set of  pot holders.
  • Coffee – Words (Spoonflower designer: Studio Fibonacci)
  • Taupe Essex Linen (Fresh Modern Fabrics – Etsy)
  • Jungle Essex Linen (Originally purchased at Fresh Modern Fabrics – Etsy)
  • Retro Kitchenalia (Spoonflower designer Madex)
  • Coffee – Cup (Spoonflower designer: Studio Fibonacci)

Potholder_BackThe back of the pot holder I used the Taupe Essex Linen, and the binding is just pre-packaged binding from Joann’s.

The best thing about the project the circular potholders were a lot of fun to make, relatively quick and now I have no trepidation!!


One brand new copy of Zakka Style will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what kind of Zakka project you like (there are a lot on google.com).  Feel free to leave a link for pinterest or posts, so folks can check them out. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday 4th Feb after 6pm.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Lorna @ SewFresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on right side menu) + Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday. This is also one of my Quarter Goals and linking to:

Sunday Stash: More Spoonflower fabrics

I have always had a love for the work of the independent designers over at Spoonflower. The fabrics are always unique and are well printed on Kona Cotton (my selection).

This week I picked up some new fabric in which I want to make pillows from. I love the reds and the grunge look of the print. The designer is Holli Zollinger, collection Coral Summer.

I have already started using this math fabric in my blocks as a low-volume print. I love this fabric and representation of my STEM background. The designer is Berene Campbell, collection Text Fabrics.SundayStash_Spoonflower_Math

Which is your favorite fabric or designer @ Spoonflower.com??

Linking up with Fiona @ Finding Fifth for Sunday Stash.

Also, don’t forget to stop by tomorrow as I will be giving away a handmade item and a craft supply object for SewMamaSew Giveaway day.

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New Spoonflower fabric for Sunday stash

I couldn’t resist to pick up some new fabric from Spoonflower, after they were showing what they were using for their Project Linus blocks. I loved it. Of course, while I was in there, why not pick up some extra prints ;-).

Hello Spring prints by designer Leanne Hatch (this is what Spoonflower is using for their Project Linus blocks):IMG_0981

Tribal prints + Modern Love prints from Designer Annelie HerviIMG_0983

Princess and the pea fabric prints, from Girls collection, by designer Tamara Kate Serrao.


Hope you enjoyed my Sunday Stash this week. Don’t forget to link up your stash with Rachel over @ The Floral Suitcase. She is hosting Fiona’s Sunday Stash, this week.

Spoonflower Sunday Stash {04.08.2013}

For my birthday, back in June, I received a gift voucher for Spoonflower.com from a close friend who obviously knows me well 🙂

Luckily for me, it did not take me long to spend the gift card. I bought some of Holli Zollinger’s new line – The farmhouse collection. From left to right….Farmhouse Bark Red, Farmhouse Flowerbed Grey, Farmhouse plus and dash aqua, Farmhouse beaded triangle grey, Farmhouse picket red, and Farmhouse garden aqua.

And a few other miscellaneous 1/2 yards. From left to right…


Linking up with Amanda over @ What the Bobbin? who is hosting Fiona’s Sunday Stash (@ Finding Fifth Blog).

Fabric Stash {14.07.2013} + Pin cushion

I have been busy, busy, busy this weekend. I have finished the baby quilt but I am going to hold out so I can take some good photo’s, but I did get to share it in our quilt guild meeting today. I got some great feedback, it looks pretty with the binding and now being washed.

Also, at the quilt guild there was a pin cushion swap…..this is the pin cushion I made (it is based on this Christmas Ornament I found on pinterest this weekend). I filled it with brown rice – next time I think I will mix it with stuffing and rice. Linking up with Let’s get Acquainted Monday, hosted today by Em @ Sewing by Moonlight.
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Alyssa over at Pile O’ Fabric, has a great new fabric stash link up where she gives you a color palette to start with. I loved this as I have some great Spoonflower fabric that worked in with my bundle.PurpleGreenFabricStash

  1. Joel Dewberry, Aviary
  2. Riley Blake, Chevron purple on purple
  3. Lizzy House, Pearl Bracelet
  4. Samarra Khaja, Sticks & Spots, Stripes & Dots (from Spoonflower)
  5. Lori Craffey, Berry feathers (from Spoonflower)
  6. Lori Craffey, Zig zag mulberry (from Spoonflower)
  7. Henry Glass, Cruzin’
  8. Jason Yenter, Bloom Modern
  9. Jenn Ski, Chicken Wire Green

So I am linking up with Alyssa @ Pile O’ Fabric and Fiona @ Finding Fifth.

Also, don’t forget to check out this week’s posts for the “Let’s Get Acquainted New Bloggers” Blog hop hosted by Beth @ Plum and June.

Sew and So Farm
Wombat Quilts
{no} hats in the house
Let’s Begin Sewing . . .
Quilting Along the Grain
Love by
Quilty Creations

Finish it up Friday {09.05.2013}

A short post today, I finished making my custom order for 5 wide 3 pocket chair bags. I love how they turned out. As they are a little wider than usual I used some additional interfacing to strengthen the pockets.


Front: 20″ wide x 24″ long
Back: 20″ X 6″

Don’t you love the whale fabric !!!

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I got a second order of chair bags this week at my Etsy store – Squeek Crafts. So great news for my store!!

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ CrazyMomQuilts and Quilt Matters who is hosting the TGIF (thank goodness it’s Friday)

Weekend of small finishes

I am very happy about this weekend’s progress; although, I did not exactly stick completely to my March project goal list. I did have fun which is the most important thing.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed off my first paper pieced kiwi….that has now been transformed into a completed cushion for our grey couch/sofa. To keep the theme of the cushions going, I used the same spoonflower fabrics (designed by Holli Zollinger) I used for the bolster cushion, for the envelope back of this one too. Here’s the great addition:



The next two projects rose from the triple zipper pouch (TZP) finish and trying to put ideas together for new stock (targeted for Western Wakes Farmers Market Craft fair in May). I made a pencil case, out of the same fabric I used for the TZP. This resulted from a mistake when I cut the fabric the wrong direction, based on the pattern, for the TZP….but it worked perfectly for this little pencil case (measures ~9 in. x 3.75 in.).

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How could I ignore the “Is that for me, Mum? Where’s my case/pouch?”. So, the second project along these lines was for a single zipper pouch for my son. I love this fabric, it is so fun and great for a boy. It is “Blue Newsprint Circus Elephant” by Nancy Wolff for Kokka Japanese Fabric for the outer fabric and “Yellow Chervon” by Riley Blake for the inside. The pouch measures ~ 9 in. x 10 in. .

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Here is my wonderful son checking out his new pouch (but desperately needing a hair cut):IMG_7009

That’s it for the weekend, back to working on my WiP for this week and this time its on my March goal list.
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